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The City of Sealions

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Issues of self-discovery, Muslim culture, and the mother-daughter relationship are explored in this beautifully crafted novel. Lian's father is Australian, her mother a Vietnamese refugee; growing up on a tiny island in Australia, she resents her mother's Vietnamese heritage and her own mixed race. When Lian flees her native country to study in Yemen she experiences a welcome loss of identity, immersing herself in the richness of the Arabic culture and language. But, eventually the overwhelming challenges of living in a foreign culture help her to find compassion for her mother's difficult life. Breathtaking ocean and mother-goddess imagery abound in this timely and compassionate work.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A rich book - a lyrical account of a girl's growth and self-discovery, and at the same time a deeply sympathetic exploration of Muslim culture." - J M Coetzee

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Paperback Editions

March 2002 : Australia Paperback

Title: The City of Sealions
Author(s): Eva Sallis
ISBN: 1-86508-617-7 / 978-1-86508-617-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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